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Coincidences [Kindle Edition]

Maria Savva
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Coincidences was nominated in the Best Mystery/Suspense category, in the eFestival of Words, 2013 Best of the Independent eBook Awards.

Secrets, lies and coincidences abound in this story of a young girl looking for her father. Alice, now twenty-one years old, is determined to find her father who left home when she was just a baby, despite a warning from her mother that she should not look for him. Her mother's secretiveness over the subject is because of the guilt she feels about keeping the truth from Alice. It will take all of Alice's courage to persevere in her search. There are doubts and uncertainties at every turn. Coincidences is a story about following your dreams and staying on the path no matter how difficult the circumstances may become.


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  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Rose and Freedom Books; Second Edition edition (July 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IULHVK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start April 15, 2009
By KMG
Format:Hardcover
"Coincidences" is about a young woman, in her twenties, who wakes one night after having a very realistic, frightening dream about a plane crash. The next day, she hears on the radio, and sees in the paper, someone who looks exactly like her inside a story about a horrific plane crash that happened at the same exact time as her dream the night before. This sets into motion the feeling that she has some connection with the Plane Girl, but what, she cannot make clear.

"Coincidences" follows her through self exploration, and the strength of a mother, and the neglect of a father. Everyone is trying to do the "right" thing, but no one quite knows what the "right" thing is.

"Coincidences" is realistic in that none of the characters know what is best, but they are all trying to struggle through it all, and make everything work in the end. Life is much like this.

"Coincidences" was a very good plot. I was able to follow it, and Savva pulled the story together quite nicely. I felt eager to learn what was going to happen with the main character.

The first chapter was a great hook. I wasn't sure what to expect, but within the first few pages, the plane crash, the dream, the feeling of being "close" to someone that she's never met. All very intriguing!

Things I loved:
Savva knows how to write undesirable characters, as well as the ones that we like to cheer on. The "father" was almost unbearable and abrupt in the narrator's quest to find her roots. Stephanie (the mother) was nearly annoying at times too, trying to "protect" herself and her daughter- but for understandable reasons.
The old style English words that popped up ever so often. I'm American and use the "lazy" English- while Savva is English, through and through.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to Life Human Relationships - An Enjoyable Read April 19, 2009
Format:Hardcover
"Coincidences" is a very interesting and thought provoking story centering around a young woman's search for her identity. Alice begins by merely trying, against the objections of her mother, to locate her father. He had abandoned them both when she was a baby. An old and haunting faded photograph of her smiling father holding her in his arms is one of the few bits of information she begins with. Little does she know her endeavor will lead her down a road of layer upon layer of deception and deceit. Just about when she thinks she knows who she is, she discovers a whole new realm of hidden truths.

One of the things I found interesting about this book is that there's no antagonist in the classical sense. All the characters involved have some depth of moral character, and no doubt would view themselves as "good" people. Nevertheless, they create a situation that turns Alice's life into a living hell. Their lies, justified in their own minds to "protect" her, only serve to disillusion and shake Alice's confidence in all her relationships as she slowly discovers the truth about herself. Like pealing away the layers of an onion, what will Alice find underneath it all? Will she even be able to deal with the reality of who and what she is, when she finally gets to the core? And will there be any silver lining to her investigations, or would she been better off to listen to her mother and never have started down this path in the first place?

This unusual work shows how people, thought they may mean well, can create a web of duplicity that traps both themselves and all those around them. I admired Maria's honesty about how people think, and are constantly manipulating the truth to produce some desired effect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intentions & Identity: A Profound Work July 3, 2010
By J. Knox
Format:Hardcover
I'm already a fan of Maria Savva's work, so I was excited to win a free copy of Coincidences, and I wasn't surprised to find the story engaging, the characters believable and the action to move me from page one.
The story is one I related to on a personal level as what propells it forward is a young girl(Alice)'s search for identity as those around her attempt to protect her from reality. Alice is haunted and intrigued by a photograph of her father, a man who left his family when Alice was just a baby.
Savva creates a poignant portrait of Alice, who has fantastical ideas about her true identity and the secrets her family has kept. As Alice begins to uncover the secrets of her mother had tried to shelter her from, she undergoes an internal battle and must reconcile her desire for truth with the reality of what she finds.
I enjoyed this story, and the only reason I didn't give it five stars is that I felt that the prose, in places, became clunky and slightly distracting. As a whole piece, however, Coincidences was a remarkably strong work, and Savva's unique depiction of Alice's internal struggles and the consequences of her family's well-intended dishonesty made for a work that is idea-driven and profound. Its one that I would heartily recommend to anyone who thinks they know what's best for another person, who thinks that they can offer protection of this person if only they keep her sheltered. What Savva's story proves is that sometimes such shelters can cast a shadow that
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done August 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Coincidences" is a story about just that, and these coincidences frame a journey of discovery for a young woman named Alice, who, spurred on by a strange coincidence, decides to track down her father only to uncover something quite unexpected.

This journey takes you through the thoughts and feelings of multiple characters in a primarily "telling" rather than "showing" manner (nothing wrong with that if done well). There is some repetition that I thought could be edited out, but all in all I enjoyed it for the in-depth character study, especially of Alice (the protagonist) and Stephanie (her mother). I would recommend it to those who enjoy hearing the thoughts of the main characters as they tell the story and work through their reaction to events.

Well done!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Truth or Consequence...
I thought this book was ok. The story-line kept me somewhat interested, though not to the point where I just could not put it down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LS
5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut novel!
Maria Savva has been a published author for a number of years now and I have read and enjoyed several of her novels and short stories. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. E. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotions
Coincidence is a tale of emotions. The story delves into a wide range of emotions of both of the main characters as the story unfolds. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Barb
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious, fun to read, and engaging
The twists and turns in the story of Alice Turnbull both entertain and intrigue in Maria Savva's Coincidences. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jerry Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars So many layers
Coincidences is the second novel I read from Maria Savva and it won't be the last. Her stories dig deep into people's mental tug of wars. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Yvonne B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
I enjoyed reading this but I knew from early on how it was going to turn out. If you want a real "who done it" I would not get this book.
Published 16 months ago by Linda Canham
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
This is an intriguing tale of an innocent and vulnerable young woman who starts to experience strange coincidences that lead her to question her family background. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tasha Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of coincidences!
I just finished "Coincidences" by Maria Savva, and I loved it! I've read some of Maria's other short stories and always enjoy her work, but this is the first full-length novel I've... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Doug DePew
5.0 out of 5 stars A THOUGHT PROVOKING TALE
Coincidences by Maria Savva, is a thought provoking tale. It leaves one wondering about so many things. Does a twin have special abilities to sense or feel the others experiences? Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Moran-Bishop
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
What would you do if you found the opportunity to get enough money to travel the world by doing a favor for a couple who could not have children? Read more
Published 20 months ago by Marie Fostino
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More About the Author

Maria Savva lives and works in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The College of Law. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Many of her books and stories are inspired by her years working as a lawyer, although she has not written a courtroom drama to date. She has published five novels, the most recent of which is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller. Far Away In Time is her sixth and most recent collection of short stories. You can find out more about her work at her official website: http://www.mariasavva.com

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